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Woman Who Allegedly Faked Rape Charged With Fraud

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SANDUSKY, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A woman in Michigan’s Thumb area has been charged with fraud, just days after being charged with making a false report of rape.

Sara Ylen’s credibility has been under scrutiny.

Despite no physical evidence, James Grissom was convicted in 2003 of raping Ylen outside a Meijer store in St. Clair County and sentenced to at least 15 years in prison. The case changed dramatically when evidence emerged after the trial that Ylen had lied about as many as nine assaults in California before the alleged 2001 rape in Michigan.

Judge Cynthia Lane said Ylen had “concocted incredible stories” and threw out Grissom’s conviction in 2012. The prosecutor declined to put him through another trial, and Grissom was released from prison in November after nearly 10 years.

Grissom’s attorney didn’t have that information to possibly challenge her credibility at trial.

In an entirely different case, the 38-year-old Ylen was charged last week with making that a false report of rape in St. Clair County.

The latest case filed Monday in Sanilac County accuses Ylen of health care fraud by making a false statement.

She’s also charged with crimes based on false pretenses, some involving more than $20,000. It’s unknown whether the Lexington resident has an attorney.

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